Jazmine Johnson, Viola

Director of Orchestra


Mr. Rudd earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Ensemble, The Opera Orchestra and other performing groups. 


His violin studies began at an early age with Michael Blaney from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, continued with Dr. Andrej Kurti at Northwestern State University, and he earned his performance degree at Louisiana State University as a student of Dr. Lin He and Espen Lilleslatten.  He has performed with professional regional symphony orchestras such as the The Baton Rouge Symphony, The Lake Charles Symphony, The Acadian Symphony Orchestra, The Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Natchitoches/Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.


Matt has also performed on rock/pop stages with groups such as The Music of Led Zeppelin and Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles, and in addition to being a classically trained professional violinist he enjoys playing all styles of violin music, including folk, rock, pop, and jazz.  A sought after soloist, he performs regularly on the concert stage, churches, festivals, and events across the region.  

Mr. Rudd’s performances elicit reviews such as “masterful, powerful” and “he is a violinist who commands attention for the music, executing it all with remarkable tone, articulation and expression.”


A master in orchestral strings technique, Mr. Rudd is looking forward to sharing his professional experiences and training with his students as Director of Orchestra at the Bolton Conservatory!